Trust for America's Health Initiatives

Environmental Health

Environmental Health

The World Health Organization estimates that 13 million deaths annually are due to preventable environmental causes.

Americans deserve healthy and safe places to live, work, and play. TFAH works to advance polices and programs to protect air, water, and food; minimize chemical exposures; and provide communities with healthier environments. TFAH has helped lead efforts to create a Nationwide Health Tracking System, to better understand how the environment impacts our health by looking for patterns and trends. Health tracking could help lead to breakthroughs in finding the causes and cures of many serious diseases.



TFAH Reports

December 2017
Ready or Not? 2017
Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism

August 2017
Prevention and Public Health Fund Detailed Information

March 2017
Impact of the 2017 Health Reform Proposals on Clinical Preventive Services

December 2016
Ready or Not?
Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism

November 2016
Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress

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Latest News

January 28, 2018
John Auerbach on Public Health Funding

November 1, 2017
U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health
Even within a single county, health outcomes for residents can vary widely.

May 24, 2017
Trump budget slashes public health programs

May 24, 2017
GOP health bill could shred safety net for millions

May 24, 2017
The former head of the CDC is seriously upset about Trumpís public health cuts

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Policy and Advocacy

For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.

Press Releases

December 19, 2017
Half of States Scored 5 or Lower Out of 10 Indicators in Report on Health Emergency Preparedness Report Finds Funding to Support Base Level of Preparedness Cut More than Half Since 2002

July 25, 2017
The Senateís Latest Obamacare Replacement Effort will not improve the Nationís Health, Affordable Care Act

June 20, 2017
Public Health Leaders Make Urgent Joint Call to Protect Prevention and Healthcare Joint Statement from American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for Americaís Health

May 23, 2017
The Presidentís FY 2018 Budget Proposal Would be Perilous for the Nationís Health

March 7, 2017
TFAH Statement: Strongly Opposed to the House Obamacare Replacement Bill

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Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Natural Resources Defense Council An environmental action organization. It uses law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

TFAH Backgrounder on Climate Change and Public Health How Can We Prevent & Prepare for Health Issues in a Changing Climate? Climate change is expected to affect the health of all Americans. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as the environment changes, people will be at a higher risk for a range of threats to our health. These effects may include increased heat-related deaths and sickness; risks of respiratory infections, aggravation of asthma, increased allergens, and premature death; an increase in the number of people at risk from disease and injury related to floods, storms, droughts and wildfires; mental health impacts; water shortages and malnutrition; and increased incidence of vector-, food-, and water-borne diseases.

The National Centers for Environmental Health: National Biomonitoring Program For more than 30 years, the Environmental Health Laboratory of CDCís National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has been performing biomonitoring measurements--direct measurements of people's exposure to toxic substances in the environment. By analyzing blood, urine and tissues, scientists can now measure actual levels of more than 450 chemicals and nutritional indicators in people's bodies.

American Academy of Allegy Asthma and Immunology An online tool with various information for individuals suffering from asthma or allergies, as well as tools for professionals in the field.

Association of Public Health Laboratories Public health laboratories serve as scientific first responders, protecting the public from diseases and identifying environmental health hazards.

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